Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
March 13, 2009
FIRE successfully persuaded the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents to affirm due process rights for students, including the option of a hearing before a committee including student peers, attorney representation in the case of serious allegations, and both e-mail and paper notification of proceedings. The Board had proposed changes to the State Administrative Code governing infractions and judicial procedures within Wisconsin’s public universities that would have limited due process rights and granted more discretion to administrators. FIRE’s Adam Kissel engaged in a speaking tour of University of Wisconsin schools in opposition to these changes, even speaking before the Board […]» Read More
April 13, 2006
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s (UW-L) Student Senate reversed its decision to limit the printing of a student magazine that the Senate deemed offensive. The magazine, titled The Second Supper Alternative News, wrote an article in its February 2006 issue titled “Cheney Kills Five Crips in Inner-City Hunting Accident.” The Senate passed a resolution stating that the Second Supper’s ”racist, sexist, homophobic, ablest (sic), anti-Semitists (sic) speech” would “threaten the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups,” so it ordered the magazine to cut its distribution from 2,000 copies per issue to only 60–a 97% reduction. FIRE wrote UW-L Chancellor Douglas N. […]» Read More
Red Light Policies
UW-L views hate incidents and all manifestations of prejudice or intolerance as antithetical to our mission as a university and a community, and as a threat to each individual's right to a safe learning and working environment. Therefore, all such incidents have to be addressed appropriately, which depends on the nature of the incident, the people involved, the location of the incident. Submitting this form will help us better understand our campus climate and help create an environment where everyone feels welcome.
loud, or otherwise disorderly conduct.
"public" side of room windows and room doors, including any offensive material displayed. This argument
stems from the belief that these parts of the window and door are a community area shared by everyone who
uses the sidewalk or lives within the Residence Hall buildings and not solely by the resident(s) of the room.
You will be asked to remove materials found to be offensive.
Such materials include but are not limited to:
* signs that threaten or offend a particular individual or group with racist, sexist, or homophobic
message such that they have a concern for their personal safety
* signs that present any individual or group in a demeaning fashion
* signs that encourage violence within the Residence Hall community
A. A University employee or student behaves toward another employee or student in any of the following ways:
1. making sexual advances, or
2. requesting sexual favors, or
3. making physical contacts commonly understood to be of a sexual nature, or
4. addressing sexually demeaning comments or gestures to a specific person or group of persons, or
5. attempting to punish or penalize a person or persons for rejection or objecting to such behavior, and if B. The conduct occurs under the following circumstances:
1. a. the conduct is unwanted by the person(s) to whom it is directed, and
b. the person responsible for the action knew or a reasonable person would clearly have understood that the conduct was unwanted; and
c. because of its flagrant or repetitious nature, conduct either
i. seriously interferes with the work or learning performance of the person(s) to whom the conduct was directed; or
ii. makes the university work or learning environment intimidating or hostile or demeaning to a person of average sensibilities; or
2. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; or
3. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or educational decisions affecting the individual.
October 18, 2013
Inside Higher Ed Rachel Slocum, assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, was stunned earlier this month when what she thought was an innocuous if impetuous e-mail to students about why they couldn’t access census data to complete an important course assignment became national news. Her e-mail, which blamed the “Republican/Tea Party controlled House of Representatives” for the shutdown and consequent U.S. Census Bureau website blackout, appeared on Fox News, the Daily Caller and in her local paper, after a student posted a screen shot on Twitter. It also caused uproar on campus, prompting numerous calls and e-mails to […]» Read More
May 1, 2006
by Megan Keller The Racquet (UW–La Crosse) The UW-La Crosse Student Association withdrew its case against The Second Supper on Tuesday, April 18. After looking into the legalities of the situation, the Student Association decided not to pursue charges that would have dramatically limited The Second Supper’s on campus distribution. The ordeal started when The Second Supper printed an article that offended people of the UW-L community. The article that caused the controversy was “Cheney Kills Five Crips in Inner-City Hunting Accident” which used the “n” word. However, this was not just a campus issue. The Foundation for Individual Rights […]» Read More
April 24, 2006
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Association withdrew its resolution to limit the distribution of a satirical student publication last week following a controversy over First Amendment rights. “We were never trying to stifle First Amendment rights or stop The Second Supper Alternative News from distributing on campus,” Ryan Kockler and AJ Clauss, president and vice president of UW-L’s Student Association, said in a release. “Our concerns stem from the fact that we know that directly and indirectly students, faculty and staff have been hurt by the language the paper publishes.” The Second Supper has been under scrutiny since its […]» Read More
April 24, 2006
In its February 28 issue, the Second Supper Alternative News, a satirical student-run journal at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (UW-L), published an article titled “Cheney Kills Five Crips in Inner-City Hunting Accident.” The piece poked fun at Vice President Dick Cheney after his recent hunting accident, depicting him as a would-be gang member and “stone cold killa.” The UW-L Student Association was so outraged by the article that it passed a resolution cutting Second Supper’s press run from 2,000 to 60 — in effect, a deathblow since the journal depends on outside advertising for its funds. The resolution […]» Read More
April 21, 2006
WISCONSIN — Succumbing to pressure by student press advocates, the student government at a Wisconsin university said it would not attempt to limit the distribution of a campus satire magazine Wednesday. The Student Association Senate at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse reversed a resolution it passed on March 29 limiting the number of copies The Second Supper Alternative News was allowed to distribute on campus. The publication normally distributes 2,000 copies; the resolution would have reduced the number to 60. The resolution was in response to an article printed in the paper that parodied Vice President Dick Cheney’s […]» Read More
October 8, 2013
Professor Rachel SlocumA concerning report out of Wisconsin suggests that administrators at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) have inappropriately pressured a professor there to apologize for sending her class an email critical of the government shutdown and to refrain from using “politically partisan language” in the future. According to The Daily Caller, UW-L geography professor Rachel Slocum sent her class the following email: hi everyoneSome of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete until the Republican/tea party controlled House of Representatives agrees to fund the government. The Census website, for example, is closed. Please do what you […]» Read More